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Government shutdown becomes longest in US history


The partial US government shutdown entered a record 22nd day on Saturday (local time), as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $7.8 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds.

The president issued a series of tweets in an effort to defend his stance and goad Democrats to return to Washington and end what he called “the massive humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border.”

“Democrats could solve the Shutdown in 15 minutes!” he said in one tweet, adding in another, “We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their ‘vacations’ and get back to work. I am in the White House ready to sign!”

But most politicians left town on Friday and will not return before Monday, leaving little chance for any solution to the stalemate before then.

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